Los Angeles Destination Guide
A buzzing program of fun, family-friendly festivities, world-class musical performances and cutting-edge art exhibitions promises an unforgettable holiday season in Los Angeles this year. Treat younger visitors to the dazzle of Hollywood’s major theme parks, now festooned in festive décor, while sophisticated tastes can enjoy a broad spectrum of music and dance.
Bold, large-scale paintings and experimental techniques have established LA-based artist Laura Owens as one of the most influential artists of her generation. This mid-career exhibition at MOCA glances back over the past 20 years of Owens’s oeuvre, demonstrating how her early canvases set the stage for her current work that incorporates an inspired use of silkscreen, digital printing and computer manipulation.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
From the jewelry that adorned his body and his gold burial sandals to footage of Howard Carter discovering his tomb and artifacts that have never previously travelled outside of Egypt, this fascinating exhibition at the California Science Center employs multimedia exhibits to shed light on Tutankhamun’s life, health and lineage. Complement the experience with a viewing of the Mysteries of Egypt on the centre’s seven-storey Imax screen.
California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Architects of a Golden Age
The Huntington traces the inception of some of Los Angeles most iconic buildings, including Union Station, the Mayan Theater, the Stock Exchange Building and a scattering of its Chinatown structures in this selection of 20 original drawings and plans, carefully curated from the institution’s Southern California architecture collection. Dated between 1920 to 1940, the works offer an intriguing glimpse of the city’s vintage urbanscapes.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
LA Auto Show
A gleaming range of 1,000 covetable, brand-new vehicles spin into Los Angeles for the annual LA Auto Show. From state-of-the-art SUVs and classic convertibles to electric motors and monster trucks, this year promises an enormous range of cars to test drive and compare. Deliberating between the Aston Martin Vantage or Porsche 911? Try them both out for size here.
LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Valley of the Heart
Written and directed by Luis Valdez, Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum examines the difficult issues of immigration through a script about two families, one Mexican, one Japanese-American, sharing farmland during the Great Depression. Most gripping is the fate of their children, who become involved in a secret romance. Sensitively wrought and soaked in pathos.
Mark Taper Forum, 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Budding magicians are in for an enchanting treat at Hogwarts Castle this holiday season with Universal Studios’ Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Light projectors cast a festive spell over the turrets of Hogsmeade, transforming it into a winter wonderland complete with sparkling decorations, traditional treats and enthralling entertainment, all served with a Potter-esque twist.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
The Renaissance Nude
Few mastered the art of classical realism quite as articulately as the sculptors and painters of the Renaissance. This exhibition collates more than 100 incredible pieces by historic heavyweights such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer. As well as highlighting the skill of the artists’ craft, the collection explores the social controversy that erupted from presenting the naked body in such intricate detail.
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
LA Art Show
Consistently pushing boundaries and raising provocative issues, LA’s art scene reflects the metropolis’ dazzling diversity. The LA Art Show is an annual ‘who’s who’ in the city’s dynamic creative landscape, with 100 local and international galleries presenting a total of 20,000 cutting-edge pieces from rising and established artists. Both art enthusiasts and avid collectors will find plenty to inspire in this epic event.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
A Chanticleer Christmas
Everyone’s favourite a cappella choristers return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall this season with a classic holiday programme of beautifully executed classics. Dubbed ‘the world’s reigning male chorus’ by The New Yorker, this 12-strong group has sold well over a million albums and has two Grammy awards behind it. Expect uplifting harmonies that usher in the holiday spirit with sparkling aplomb.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
LA Zoo Lights
Flurries of snowflakes, glittering light and water shows and a menagerie of 3D animated projections make Los Angeles Zoo one of the most exciting places to be after dark during the holiday season. Take a 90-minute self-guided stroll through LA Zoo Lights’ illuminated grounds, stopping off to admire the reindeer en route. Finish with a warming mug of hot chocolate with fresh, crunchy churros.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Meet Santa & Mrs Claus
Half an hour’s drive from Hotel Bel-Air and moments from the beach, Malibu Country Mart is a boutique cluster of smart restaurants and chic stores, perfect for shopping your holiday gift list. Little ones will delight in the mart’s action-packed program of fun arts and crafts workshops and festive activities, as well as guest appearances from Santa and Mrs Claus and their trusty reindeers.
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Fantasies and Fairy Tales
This enchanting exhibition plunges the depths of the imagination to explore the role of myth and legend in art. From an etheric 19th-century lithograph in tribute to Edgar Allan Poe to a dreamy aquatint from Picasso, every piece in Fantasies and Fairy Tales is thoughtfully curated to resonate with our subconscious fears, hopes and dreams. The result? A wonderfully strange and unique collection of unusual graphics.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
This children’s classic is reimagined as a wartime love story by award-winning choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne. Cinderella’s chance meeting with a dashing RAF pilot ignites a heart-wrenching romance. The ballet is set against a spectacular set with thrilling light projections, but the star of the show is Prokofiev’s soaring musical score—one of the 20th-century composer’s most popular.
135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini
While there’s never any shortage of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Los Angeles, Pink Martini’s ‘little orchestra’, fronted by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, offers an eclectic multilingual cocktail of Brazilian samba, Cuban dance music and Parisian lounge to ring in the new year in a crescendo of world music beats.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012